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“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – a one-act, Tony Award-winning musical comedy will be performed by the Backstage Theatre Company at Farmingdale State College beginning Thursday, April 9. 

Presented in the Little Theatre in Roosevelt Hall, the April 9 opening night begins at 9 p.m.  Additional performances, scheduled for April 10, 11, 17, and 18, have an 8 p.m. starting time.  Tickets are priced at $10 for the general public, and $5 for senior citizens and non-Farmingdale students.  Tickets are free for Farmingdale students with a valid ID.

Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winner of two, “Spelling Bee” is about a spelling contest staged at fictional Putnam Valley Middle School.  Six students – who can be described as “quirky” – compete for the top prize.  Four audience members are also selected to participate in the competition.  The show is directed by Bailey Whitney.

The show’s cast album also won a Grammy Award.

The Backstage Theater Company is a student-run performing arts club on the Farmingdale campus.

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